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PURDUE SPORTS:
Old Gold Free Press Update for 10-4-2002


1 Day to Iowa Game in Iowa City!!!


Date: 10/04/2002
Author: TexasBoiler
TexasBoiler

    Good afternoon Boiler Fans! The lastest forecast in Iowa City calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 60 degrees which should be more than ideal conditions for a Big 10 Football game. Remember that the game is on at 11am CDT on ESPN outside of Big 10 viewing areas and on ESPN + in the Big 10 viewing areas. I'm going to go against what my heart says and predict with my head this week...Iowa 30 - Purdue 24. Does this mean I don't believe we can win tomorrow, absolutely NOT! What I am saying is that my analysis leads me to believe that Iowa is the team who has played better football this season (4-1 record, only loss to top 15 Iowa St.), they are very confident coming off a win in Happy Valley, and they will be very emotionally charged behind a sellout, homecoming crowd of nearly 70,000 tomorrow morning. Due to those factors, if I were betting on this game straight up, I'd take Iowa.

    My heart on the other hand, believes that maybe this game will be a watershed game for the rest of our season. IF we can come in and win the turnover margin by +2 or more, I could see us coming out victorious. In addition, Lacevic has to convert at least 2/3 of all his FG opportunities if called upon, and our special teams cannot afford any major gaffes like a blocked punt or a return going for a TD against us. To date, I have yet to see concrete evidence that we can play an opponent the caliber of Iowa (on the road especially) and win the war of turnovers and special teams. Hopefully, our players are out to prove something and this will change tomorrow!

    There has been much talk about Iowa's stout offense and their ability to jump on teams early with big pts (up 24-7 at the half on Iowa St and up 23-0 at Penn St.). I don't think we will be able to afford getting down by 2 TD's early in this contest. This is despite the fact that Iowa has the 2nd to last ranked Pass Defense in the USA and their current tendancy to relax and blow big leads. My gut says that the Iowa crowd will have this defense playing above their normal abilities and they would be able to hold on to a 2 TD lead. Therefore, our offense has to come out with an "air-strike" mentality early on and throw more on 1st and 2nd downs as they look to get more points early, rather than playing for field position and ball control. Iowa is only giving up something like 48 yards on the ground per game, but that does mean we need to abandon the run entirely. I've been saying this for a couple weeks, but I prefer to see us throw it 35-40 times per game and run it 25-30 times pre game. I love Harris's big play ability but the fumbles are getting too painful to stomach. He also may be a bit slowed by a minor injury. All our RB's need to be extra careful tomorrow and cover up in traffic! I'd rather see us run more play action plays and go down the field 15 yards plus more often. I would think both Standeford and Stubblefield could have big days tomorrow as might someone off the radar like a Ray Williams, Anthony Chambers, or Jamal Wilson. Mike Rhinehart should have another good day also. I'm still trying to figure out why Kevin Noel has not seen a few more sideline patterns whereby he gets a chance to outjump the defender. I guess Kevin has not proven himself in practice lately.

    In any event, my heart says we can win this game by a score of...31-27, but we will have to play some near perfect football tomorrow morning. Let's hope my heart is right and my head is wrong!

    In today's edition all the pregame scouting reports, stats, and coverage that I could find including some nice features on STU and his dad and RB Brandon "Gamer" Jones. Also, some predictions from some other publications, Michael Pointer's outlook on the rest of the season and a feature on former QB Brandon Hance. Finally, some hoops notes about the new and improved Gene Pool and an update on Rodney Smith.

    -Barclay

    PURDUE FOOTBALL:
    Iowa: Scouting Report


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    http://oldgoldfreepress.com/columnist/jefflytle/columns/105.shtml

    Date: Oct 4, 2002
    Author: jefflytle
    jefflytle


    Head Coach Kirk Ferentz is in his fourth season at Iowa. He has an overall win/loss record of 15-25 and a Big Ten win/loss record of 8-17 (5-7 at Iowa City, IA). Three of his Big Ten victories are consecutive wins against Penn State, two of them at Happy Valley. This will be the second meeting between Coach Ferentz and Coach Tiller. Purdue won the first meeting in a game that had only 424 (207 Iowa, 217 Purdue) yards of total offense and 27 (14 Iowa, 13 Purdue) tackles for loss.
    Iowa's standard offensive formation uses two tight ends and one back. They tend to run and then pass short - slants, bubble screens, etc. Junior RB Fred Russell (5-8, 185 lbs.) is ranked 3rd in the NCAA with a 153.25 yard per game rushing average. Quarterback Brad Banks has an NCAA Passing Efficiency Rating of 157.8, ranking him 8th in the nation. Banks averages 201.0 yards passing and 24.6 yards rushing per game. Iowa's offensive play-by-down breakdown against Penn State: 1st down, 21 rush, 12 pass; 2nd down, 20 rush, 8 pass; 3rd down, 6 rush, 12 pass; 4th down, no attempts.

    The Iowa linebackers lineup almost on the line of scrimmage in what appears to be a goal line defense, on every down. So far this season they have 28 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Linebackers Fred Barr and Kevin Worthy lead the team in total tackles with 38 and 35 tackles respectively. DL Calin Cole (6-2, 307 lbs.) has a season total 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Iowa's pass defense is ranked 116th (out of 117) in the nation allowing 324.40 passing yards per game. Penn State ran several plays in the direction of freshman DB Jovon Johnson (5-9, 165 lbs.) and redshirt freshman DB Antwan Allen (5-10, 167 lbs.).

    Iowa FG Kicker Nate Kaeding is a perfect 10-10 this season and has a 13 FG made streak that extends back to last season. Five of his 10 FG's this season are beyond 40 yards (40, 47, 49, 51, 55).

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    PURDUE FOOTBALL:
    Purdue vs Iowa Statistics Comparison


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    http://oldgoldfreepress.com/columnist/Waggs06/columns/104.shtml

    Date: 10/01/2002
    Author: Waggs06
    Waggs06

    Purdue (3-2) @ Iowa (4-1)
    Includes National Rankings of Player and Team Stats
    Purdue

    Rushing Offense: 172.0 yds/g (4.3/rush) - 43
    Passing Offense: 238.2 yds/g (7.1/pass) - 41
    Total Offense: 410.2 yds/g (5.5/play) - 32
    Scoring Offense: 145 pts (29.0 pts/g) - 47
    Rushing Defense: 127.2 yds/g (3.1/rush) - 47
    Passing Defense: 174.4 yds/g (5.5/pass) - 27
    Total Defense: 301.6 yds/g (4.1/play) - 26
    Scoring Defense: 97 pts (19.4 pts/g) - 32
    Turnover Margin: 10-15 gain-lost (-1.00) - 87

    Iowa

    Rushing Offense: 259.0 yds/g (5.8/rush) - 5
    Passing Offense: 226.0 yds/g (8.6/pass) - 53
    Total Offense: 485.0 yds/g (6.8/play) - 4
    Scoring Offense: 207 pts 41.40 pts/g) - 9
    Rushing Defense: 48.2 yds/g (1.7/rush) - 2
    Passing Defense: 324.4 yds/g (7.7/pass) - 116
    Total Defense: 372.6 yds/g (5.3/play) - 74
    Scoring Defense: 123 pts (24.6 pts/g) - 56
    Turnover Margin: 9-8 gain-lost (0.20) - 50


    Individual Leaders (rushing and receiving rankings based on yards per game)
    Passing (comp-att-int-td-yds) ranked by Efficiency
    Rushing (att-yds-td) ranked by yards/game

    Purdue

    Passing: Orton 87-163-2-9-1158 - 52
    Rushing: Harris 104-527-4 (5.1/rush) - 25
    Receiving: Standeford 24-551 6 td - 10
    Scoring: Standeford 36 pts - 74
    Tackles: Koutouvides - 43 - NR
    Sacks: Four players - 3 - NR
    Ints: Five players - 1 - 74
    Punting: Slaton 33-1294 (39.2 avg) - 71
    Punt Retns: Chambers 12-146 (12.2/ret) - 40
    FG Kicking: Lacevic 2-6 fgs 33.3% - NR
    Kick Retns: Ferrell 5-96 (19.2/ret) - 92

    Iowa

    Passing: Banks 68-115-2-10-1005 - 8
    Rushing: Russell 98-613-5 (6.3/rush) - 3
    Receiving: Brown 20-434 5 td - 29
    Scoring: Kaeding 53 pts - 14
    Tackles: Barr - 38 - NR
    Sacks: Cole - 4 - NR
    Ints: Pagel/Johnson - 2 - 59
    Punting: Bradley 16-674 (42.1 avg) - NR
    Punt Retns: Hinkel 10-123 (12.3/ret) - 37
    FG Kicking: Nystrom 10-10 fgs 100.0% - NR
    Kick Retns: Jones 6-147 (24.5/ret) - 35


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    Tiller's bunch looks to end long road drought

    .

    By Jason Tomcsi
    Sports Editor

    http://www.purdueexponent.org/interface/bebop/showstory.php?date=2002/10/04§ion=sports&storyid=index

    "This Saturday the Purdue football team will attempt to do something it hasn't done in over a year - win on the road.

    Purdue (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to play the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) and attempt to go 2-0 in the conference.

    The last time Purdue emerged victorious from an opponent's stadium was on Sept. 29, 2001, when the Boilermakers forced overtime with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Purdue was able to walk away with the 35-28 win, but since that game the Boilers have gone 0-4 on the road.

    "To be successful this season we have to win on the road," said junior linebacker Gilbert Gardner. "What better game to start then now?"

    The Boilers will have their work cut out for them as they face a Hawkeye team who leads the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 41.4 points per game. Iowa is also leading the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 259 yards a game."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ____________________________

    Orton looking forward to homecoming

    Iowa native expects nearly 100 friends, family Saturday

    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    http://www.boilerstation.com/football/stories/200210020purdue_football1033535161.shtml


    "Before the season began, Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton circled two games on his calendar. The first was the Sept. 14 game at Notre Dame, because, well, it was his first trip to Notre Dame. The second was Saturday's visit to Iowa, because he'll get to return to his home state and play in front of a huge throng of family and friends.

    Including the 45-50 people who have called him with ticket requests, which he will be able to fill thanks to his teammates, there will be another 30-40 who have Iowa season tickets and some friends who are students at the university.

    "So probably, there will be anywhere from 90-100 people," Orton said. "It's going to be fun. A lot of these people haven't seen me play yet. So it will be a special time. Hopefully I'll play well in front of them."

    Besides being his first trip back to play in his home state, it will be the first time Orton will line up against the Hawkeyes.

    The game takes on added significance because both teams are 1-0 in Big Ten Conference play and the 4-1 Hawkeyes, coming off a 42-35 overtime victory at Penn State, are ranked 24th in this week's Associated Press poll."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ___________________________________

    In the huddle

    Purdue Boilermakers

    http://www.indystar.com/article.php?iuhuddle02.html

    The opponent: The Boilers (3-2, 1-0 in Big Ten) play at No. 24 Iowa (4-1, 1-0) Saturday at 11:10 a.m. (WTTV-4, WNDE-1260 AM). The Hawkeyes are coming off a 42-35 overtime victory at then-No. 12 Penn State. Their only loss was to No. 15 Iowa State on Sept. 14. Junior tailback Fred Russell leads the Big Ten in rushing with 613 yards on 98 carries (6.3 average).

    Watching Rogers: Sophomore cornerback Antwaun Rogers had eight tackles in Purdue's 28-15 victory over Minnesota last Saturday. But the coaching staff still wants him to add weight to his 6-2, 170-pound frame. Tiller said he has given up the ice cream bar he used to eat after dinner and gives it to Rogers. That might be a bit of hyperbole, but not by much. Rogers said he eats four or five times a day and makes sure he grabs an ice cream bar when he leaves the cafeteria. "I know they're watching me," he said.

    Lowe down the depth chart: Tiller said that Montrell Lowe, Purdue's fourth-leading career rusher, may be used on kickoff returns, but likely will play running back only if Brandon Jones, Jerod Void or starter Joey Harris are injured. "Those guys have been more productive than he has," Tiller said. Lowe did not play in the Minnesota game and has lost three fumbles this year. "I'm very concerned about him going on the field and laying the ball on the ground."

    Boiler bits: Tiller said on Sunday he was optimistic that defensive end Kevin Nesfield (knee) and guard Nick Hardwick (ankle) would return against Iowa after missing last week's game with injuries. Tiller is less optimistic now, saying they haven't been cleared to participate in all practice drills. . . . Purdue will play in Iowa City for the first time since 1997, when it lost 35-17. . . . The Boilers are 1-9 on the road against ranked teams under Tiller."

    __________________________________

    Purdue (3-2) at No. 24 Iowa (4-1)

    http://www.purdueexponent.org/interface/bebop/showstory.php?date=2002/10/04§ion=sports&storyid=editorpicks

    "Hershberger's Hope: You know, I picked Minnesota last week and I just knew deep down I was going to be wrong ... but I'm going to be a jerk again and pick the bad guys. Iowa has been magnificent this season on both sides of the ball: they are ninth in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in rushing, fourth in total offense and second in rushing defense at 48.2 yards per game. The Hawkeyes held off Penn State last week - as I expected - and I think these beasts will be able to do the same to Purdue. Iowa tailback Fred Russell is averaging an otherworldly 153.2 yards rushing per game, while quarterback Brad Banks leads the conference in passing efficiency. Man, all these guys need is some glass slippers and they'll be the belles of the Big Ten ball. Iowa wins, 24-21.

    Tomcsi's Testimony: Iowa is better than expected and on a roll. Purdue is coming off a win many considered to be a must. The Boilers are going into the most hostile environment they will play in all year and the Iowa fans are going to be extra rowdy because it's their homecoming. The combination of Iowa's momentum and the insanity that will be Kinnick Stadium may be too much for the Boilers. But Purdue is due for a win on the road and quarterback Kyle Orton is due to have a big game as he returns to his home state. I can see this game going either way, so when I could not decide who would come out victorious I turned to the coin for guidance. Heads wins, thus the Boilers win in a shootout, 42-41."

    for the full story click on the link above

    --------------------------------------------------

    Weekly Football Teleconference

    Coach and player quotes from Tuesday, October 1


    Oct. 3, 2002

    http://purduesports.ocsn.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/100302aaa.html

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

    Joe Tiller, head coach

    "On the win over Minnesota to open Big Ten play and the trip to Iowa...
    "It was certainly nice to win our Big Ten opener against Minnesota last week. We felt it was a game in which our defense likely played its best game of the season. We did some positive things on offense, although we would like to do more. Now we get the opportunity to go on the road and face a very good Iowa team. It's a game that will be a great challenge for our football team, and is one that we look forward to."

    On switching a player's position during his career...
    "That is a philosophy that we have at Purdue. I call it the evolution of a football player. All of us, in life, start out as cornerbacks. Then, as years go by, some of us add a little girth in the midsection and move closer to the line of scrimmage. And, as things continue to change, we end up with our hand in the dirt. We always start with the premise that we will take the best athletes that we can recruit and put them on the field, knowing that we can switch them to a different position that they might be successful at within the college game."

    for the full story click on the link above

    _____________________________



    Cop's son stealing from QBs
    Small-town Schweigert is big-time for Boilers
    By Steve Warden
    The Journal Gazette

    "It's not exactly small-town Mayberry, but the Saginaw County, Mich., sheriff's department can be found in a wart of a building on Harrison Street in a two-story cement, cream-colored facility that can house up to 513 prisoners whenever the moon may be full or the bars may have emptied. Close by is the county courthouse with the same nondescript color, both of which all but mud up Saginaw's tree-green west side neighborhood.

    For 24 years, Stuart Schweigert, father of the Purdue all-Big Ten free safety who shares the same name, has been going to work inside the jail. He first landed there as an inmate counselor, then as a classifications officer. These days, the 48-year-old, thick-shouldered sergeant who has an uncanny resemblance to the late Dale Earnhardt, has settled into his job as the shift supervisor. He also helps train other officers, and does internal affairs investigations whenever they're warranted.

    It is a daunting place, certainly built for function and not aesthetics. And when the children who live on Saginaw's west side pass by on bike or foot, or from the back seat of their parents' car, they try to peer into the place, half-hoping, half-fearing they may see a criminal or two.

    Young Stuart Schweigert was no exception when it came to wondering about the jailhouse. He was naturally curious about the place where his dad went to work every day; what kind of people were locked away. And as his son grew older, the father took the younger Stuart through the fluorescent- lit maze of halls, where he saw the iron bars of the jails and the men locked behind them."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ____________________________

    Jones muscles into more time at running back


    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    http://www.boilerstation.com/football/stories/200210031purdue_football1033621851.shtml


    "Thanks to Purdue coach Joe Tiller, Boilermaker redshirt freshman running back Brandon Jones may have a new nickname.

    Just call him Brandon "Gamer" Jones.

    Tiller was impressed with Jones' performance last Saturday when he came off the bench against Minnesota. His numbers weren't eye-popping, but he rushed 14 times for a hard-earned 40 yards, blocked well and, perhaps the most important thing, he didn't fumble.

    "I think he might be a gamer," Tiller said.

    "There's such a thing as a guy who gets to the field and he does good on Saturday, but he might not look too good on Tuesday or Wednesday. Then you have the other type guy, who looks great on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Saturday he's No-Show Jones."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ________________________________

    Big Ten disciplines officials in wake of Purdue loss


    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    http://www.boilerstation.com/football/stories/200210030purdue_football1033621851.shtml


    "The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday that it has disciplined four football officials after determining they did a poor job during the Sept. 21 Wake Forest-at-Purdue game.

    "During the course of the game, these officials did not officiate well enough to meet Big Ten standards," conference commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "Therefore, they will forfeit future officiating assignments."

    The Big Ten did not reveal the names of the officials and will not comment further on the situation.

    Purdue coach Joe Tiller said he followed normal procedure after the Wake Forest game, which the Demon Deacons won 24-21, by filing an evaluation of the officiating with the Big Ten office.

    "In competitive athletics, everyone should be held accountable, and it's gratifying to see the Big Ten hold its officials accountable," Tiller said. "Obviously, they felt the performance of some of the officials in our Wake Forest game did not meet conference standards. I think this action is a positive step by the conference."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ______________________________

    Fans not flocking to Ross-Ade


    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    http://www.boilerstation.com/football/stories/200210021purdue_football1033535161.shtml


    "Joe Tiller knows when he's outnumbered. Asked Tuesday if he's disappointed with the attendance so far this season at Ross-Ade Stadium, the Purdue coach gave the politically correct answer.

    "We appreciate everybody that's been there," he said.

    Four home games into the 2002 season, the Boilermakers are averaging 52,057 per game.

    That currently ranks 35th in the nation, but only eighth in the Big Ten Conference.

    The largest crowd to date was the 56,839 that showed up for last Saturday's homecoming game and Big Ten opener against Minnesota. Ross-Ade Stadium has a capacity of 66,295.

    Despite the football team's success in the Tiller era, with five consecutive bowl appearances, sellouts are still rare."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ______________________________

    Michael Pointer: Purdue Q&A

    THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR

    October 1, 2002

    http://www.indystar.com/article.php?purdueanswers_p.html


    "Question: Do you think Purdue still has a chance to contend for the Big Ten title? Despite a few early, ugly losses, I believe this team will be at or near the top of the Big Ten at season's end. Better yet ... because of their youth I believe they're poised to contend for years to come. I think that some of the so-called "fans" posting in your column need to lighten up on Coach Tiller, these young Boilermakers, and remember just how far Purdue has come since the Akers & Colletto eras. (Geoffrey from Dallas, Texas)

    Answer: Geoffrey, the fans are certainly entitled to their opinion. I enjoy the feedback. Some of the complaints, particularly about the fumbling, are valid.

    To answer your question, I think Ohio State is the favorite in the Big Ten, but I think Purdue is in the mix. The defense is looking very solid, and the offense has a nice mix going in the running and passing game. Three things must happen, in my opinion, for Purdue to contend: Another receiver or two must step up; the fumblitis has to stop; and Purdue must improve its field-goal kicking. If those happen, it could be an interesting couple of months in West Lafayette. I'm interested to see how Purdue plays on the road this week against Iowa.

    Purdue should be strong again next year because its junior class is pretty strong. Beyond that, it's hard to say."

    for the full story click on the link above

    _______________________________

    Internet interference

    College football teams must be careful or information can fall into the wrong hands.

    By Michael Pointer

    michael.pointer@indystar.com

    October 03, 2002

    http://www.indystar.com/article.php?colfb03.html


    "Brock Spack remembers a Purdue football practice two years ago when a fan paid particular attention to what Spack was doing.

    The Boilermakers defensive coordinator later was scanning the Internet and found the fan had posted details of that day's practice on a Web site.










    "He went through everything we were doing and our adjustments," Spack said. "He was flattering. He said it was impressive and told people this and this and this. He was trying to inform other Purdue people. But the problem was, he informed everyone else."

    Most spring and preseason practices remain open at Purdue. But in season, only the Sunday evening practice is open.

    Tiller would prefer to keep his practices open to media and fans but concluded he didn't have much choice."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ____________________________

    High Prices

    By Jason Tomcsi
    Sports Editor

    http://www.purdueexponent.org/interface/bebop/showstory.php?date=2002/10/02§ion=sports&storyid=fballteleconference6

    "Tiller said he was not concerned about the rising price in higher education affecting college football - right now.

    "I think college football is very healthy today," said Tiller. "But I think it is on the edge and that is because of the escalating costs in many areas. Departments are getting bigger and more sports are being added.

    "I'm so much as concerned about the increase in the cost of tuition. I am much more concerned about the increased cost of tickets."

    Tiller said the increased cost of tickets are going to force young families and even students, who have discretionary dollars, before fans make choices.

    "Where are we going with our sport and how high are these prices going to keep going before all of a sudden someone is going to say 'we have to make some choices'," said Tiller. "'And what we chose is not to get season tickets anymore. We'll buy a two game package.' Stuff like that bothers me more than other issues."

    for the full story click on the link above

    _____________________________

    Hance claims no regrets about Purdue

    By Michael Pointer

    michael.pointer@indystar.com

    October 04, 2002

    http://www.indystar.com/article.php?hance04.html


    "Kyle Orton will lead Purdue against Iowa on Saturday while the Boilermakers' starting quarterback at this time last year will be in Pullman, Wash.

    That's where Southern California will be playing Washington State. Brandon Hance is not a member of the Trojans' travel squad while he sits out this season, but he is paying his way to most road games.










    "Even though it (Purdue) was a rough experience, it made me mature and grow up a lot faster than I would have without it," said Hance, who transferred to USC in December. "It made me stronger."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ____________________________

    'Gene Pool' puts mayhem back in Mackey

    By Andrew Hershberger
    Assistant Sports Editor
    http://purdueexponent.com/interface/bebop/showstory.php?date=2002/10/02§ion=sports

    David Moss an intern in the athletic department's promotions and advertising office (also an email Update subscriber by the way), approached his boss with a suggestion: make the "Gene Pool" deeper.

    A West Lafayette native and sophomore in the School of Liberal Arts, Moss remembers coming to Mackey Arena for men's basketball games in the '90s when Glenn Robinson and Brian Cardinal took the Boilers to the NCAA Tournament on a yearly basis.

    "I was a freshman in the Gene Pool last year and I remember that it was always so dead," Moss said. "Everyone was sitting down; no one had any emotion during the games."

    He and Joel Rasmus, director of promotions and advertising, decided to hold an open forum for students to say what they want for members of the section, which was named after head coach Gene Keady last season. After some discussion, it was decided that students should not only make up the section - they should run it too.
    ____________________________

    Smith rekindles passion for game

    He hopes stint with Pacers helps him land in minor league or with European team.

    By Sekou Smith
    sekou.smith@indystar.com

    October 03, 2002


    "CINCINNATI -- Former Pike High School and Purdue University standout Rodney Smith has experienced the highest high and the lowest low in his basketball career.

    A state championship at Pike and playing on a Purdue team that just missed a trip to the Final Four rank among the best moments.











    Suffering through a 13-18 senior season at Purdue, the school's worst mark in 22 seasons with Gene Keady as coach, ranks as the worst.

    These days, Smith, a rookie free agent, is riding high again at training camp with the Indiana Pacers.

    Sure, he's more than a long shot to make the roster, which is stocked with shooting guards and small forwards. But he's here.

    "At first, I wasn't going to play anymore," Smith said after practice Tuesday. "I was just tired of basketball. That last year at Purdue wore me out. Then I went back and played pickup ball this summer and realized that I still love this game."

    for the full story click on the link above

    ______________________________


    I have a favor. I will be running the Chicago Marathon on October 13th...and I will be putting " Go Boilers" on the back of my shirt. Can you pass this on to make sure fellow Boilers are out and about cheering on all of us Purdue alumni on....God knows, I will need all of the support.

    Thanks,

    Monica Rohleder



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